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Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Southgate will not be made Boro 'scapegoat'

Middlesbrough chairman, Steve Gibson, last night defended Gareth Southgate and his decision to appoint and stick with him despite relegation.

'Angry’ Gibson committed to Boro

With Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson privately reaffirming his commitment to the club amid speculation on Teesside that his enthusiasm may have waned, and with manager Gareth Southgate talking of ‘‘wholesale changes’’ as Boro prepare for the expected drop to the Championship tomorrow at West Ham, planning at the Riverside is moving at some pace.

Niall Quinn: 'I'm here to stay – even if the players want out'

As thoughts of the drop grip the North-east, the Sunderland chairman speaks to Michael Walker about the region's future

Southgate in the firing line as Boro stare into the abyss

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Southgate warns players not to 'look for life raft'

Gareth Southgate said yesterday that he has not received any enquiries about Middlesbrough players and he has told his squad to concentrate on avoiding relegation rather than "looking for the life raft".

Shearer given lift ahead of 'biggest game of career'

In the space of 90 enthralling minutes at Hull City on Saturday, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough saw their season move from being nervously dependent on others to being again reliant on themselves. Tonight at St James' Park, any win for Newcastle or a three-goal victory for Middlesbrough, would ease either club above Hull and out of the bottom three with two games to play. The incentive has been increased significantly.

Judgement day approaches for Southgate

Gareth Southgate leads his young Middlesbrough team to St James' Park tomorrow night with the knowledge that defeat by Newcastle United will almost seal Boro's relegation after 11 consecutive seasons in the Premier League. Boro have won two away games all season and have not scored in their last three matches, but Southgate is undaunted.

Brown looking to put daylight between Hull and drop zone

Not so long ago the idea that Hull City versus Stoke City would represent one of the games of the Premier League season would have seemed far-fetched, even after promotion from the Championship for both clubs last May. But so entangled is the relegation zone that this afternoon West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland will all be eager to hear bulletins from the KC Stadium.

Fighting disaster give us the edge, says Southgate

Gareth Southgate is convinced Middlesbrough have a psychological advantage over their fellow relegation candidates – because they have been staring disaster in the face for weeks.

Southgate refuses to contemplate resignation

Gareth Southgate, sounding ever more defiant by the day, has said that it would have been "scandalous" if he had offered his resignation at any time during Middlesbrough's last six months of steady decline.

Boro grateful as Bates loses bearings

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Boro flirt with disaster but cling to slim hope of survival

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Northern plights: A crucial weekend for the North-east

With Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough all struggling to stay up, Michael Walker charts the build-up to a crucial weekend for the North-east

Back trouble hobbles Boro

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Gibson backs Southgate for relegation battle

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has backed under fire manager Gareth Southgate.

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